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Playhouse Playmaker - Post-Christmas Playmaking

Posted on Monday 8 February 2016 by James Webster

Playmaker Mandy Constance talks about the most recent session and the importance of stage directions...

Playhouse Playmaker - going deeper

Posted on Monday 18 January 2016 by James Webster

Tolula Dada talks about how Playhouse Playmaker has helped informed their writing practices...

Playhouse Playmaker - the second session (aka 'the scary one')...

Posted on Friday 4 December 2015 by James Webster

Mark Ralph-Bowmen talks us through the second session of Oxford Playhouse's new writers-on-attachment scheme...

Aladdin - thank you for your lovely comments!

Posted on Monday 30 November 2015 by James Webster

Thank you so much to everyone who's seen Aladdin so far and told us their thoughts. Here's some of our fave feedback so far...

Aladdin - this year's GENIEus panto is about to take off...

Posted on Wednesday 25 November 2015 by James Webster

Assistant Director Lucy McCann gives us a brief glimpse inside the rehearsal room as the cast and crew prepare for the opening night of the Oxford Playhouse’s annual pantomime, Aladdin.

Offbeat - Oxford's new arts festival...

Posted on Thursday 19 November 2015 by James Webster

Introducing a festival of new theatre, dance, comedy, music and spoken word.

Playhouse Playmaker - the first day...

Posted on Tuesday 10 November 2015 by James Webster

Giles Fernando talks us through the first session of Oxford Playhouse's new writers-on-attachment scheme...

On the making of MCS' Alice in Wonderland...

Posted on Friday 3 July 2015 by James Webster

Producer Hannah Groombridge talks about some of the challenges about bringing Alice and Wonderland to the stage...

New Evolve Artists for 2015/16!

Posted on Wednesday 25 February 2015 by James Webster

Oxford Playhouse is delighted to announce the appointment of three new artists for the third year of its successful Artists in Residence scheme, Evolve.

The Knowledge Emporium - Oxford's Knowledge

Posted on Wednesday 26 November 2014 by James Webster

As part of Oxford’s Christmas Light Festival this year we invited theatre company Slung Low to bring The Knowledge Emporium to Gloucester Green. OP Programmer Katy Snelling talks about how it went...

Katy Snelling on why she brought Secret Theatre to Oxford Playhouse

Posted on Thursday 21 August 2014 by Erin McDonald

Oxford Playhouse programmer Katy Snelling talks all things Secret Theatre...

Hannah Nicklin and George Buckenham

Posted on Thursday 14 August 2014 by Erin McDonald

Artist Hannah Nicklin and game maker George Buckenham have spent the week have a good old play on Oxford Playhouse's main stage. Here they talk about space, freedom, glitching computers and how you can help with their game Glitch Pigeon...

Jane on the OPen Road - Week 1

Posted on Thursday 3 July 2014 by James Webster

Jane Hornsby has recently finished at 1200-mile trek across the country to raise money for OP's outreach work in the community. Read about her adventures here, in her diary of the first week!

Get on your Soapbox this May Day ...

Posted on Friday 28 March 2014 by James Webster

Interim Director, Polly Cole, talks about her arrival in Oxford, the tradition of May Morning and upcoming Radical Thinking show, Soapbox City ...

When did you last take a Stand?

Posted on Thursday 9 January 2014 by James Webster

Playhouse Producer, Michelle Walker, talks about the process of making Playhouse Plays Out shows that are for (and sometimes about) the community of Oxford, plus the exciting new PPO show: Stand.

Robin Hood - Sheriff vs Sheriff

Posted on Thursday 12 December 2013 by James Webster

Graham Upton, Oxford Playhouse President and High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, talks about getting to know his rival: Robin Hood's Sheriff of Nottingham.

Robin Hood - Rehearsal Diary 3, the final stretch

Posted on Thursday 28 November 2013 by James Webster

Assistant Director, Alice Malin, concludes her Robin Hood  rehearsal diaries with a look at how the panto has come together (hint: it's come together beautifully, get you tickets here).

Robin Hood - Rehearsal Diary 2, the young company

Posted on Monday 25 November 2013 by James Webster

We have another rehearsal room missive for you from Robin Hood Assistant Director, Alice Malin, who blogs about the panto's superb Young Company this week. Tickets available here.

Robin Hood - Rehearsal Diary 1, Songs and Speed-Dating

Posted on Thursday 21 November 2013 by James Webster

With Robin Hood just over a week away the Assistant Director, Alice Malin, talks to us about the first day's rehearsals ...

Robin Hood - How to Cast a Panto

Posted on Thursday 14 November 2013 by James Webster

With Robin Hood just around the corner, OP Producer Michelle Walker offers an insight into the casting process behind our yearly Pantomime ...

Michelle Dickson: on leaving the Playhouse

Posted on Thursday 7 November 2013 by James Webster

Director of Oxford Playhouse, Michelle Dickson, will be leaving the theatre in the new year to take up the position of Director, Touring at Arts Council England. Here, she talks about all that she's accomplished and why it's such a hard decision ...

Michelle Dickson to depart Oxford Playhouse after five years as Director

Posted on Thursday 31 October 2013 by James Webster

Director of Oxford Playhouse, Michelle Dickson, will be leaving the theatre in the new year to take up the position of Director, Touring at Arts Council England.

Evolve Artists in Residence: 6 months in

Posted on Friday 25 October 2013 by James Webster

Oxford Playhouse's Director, Michelle Dickson, talks about the exciting work our Evolve Artists have been doing since they were selected ...

On Tour with The Government Inspector

Posted on Monday 14 October 2013 by James Webster

Evolve Artists Flintlock Theatre, have recently embarked on their first tour. Here, actor Francesca Binefa, shares some stories about the tour and the company.

Neil Gaiman and Philip Pullman in conversation: podcast

Posted on Friday 23 August 2013 by James Webster

The OP Staff saddle up in support of the Playhouse

Posted on Thursday 6 June 2013 by James Webster

On Friday 14 June, the OP staff will be collectively cycling 300km on a static bike in the Playhouse’s foyer to raise money for Oxford Playhouse. Laura Sherwood, Learning’s Administrative Assistant, talks about what the event will entail and how it came into being.

President gets on his Bike for the Playhouse

Posted on Tuesday 4 June 2013 by James Webster

Oxford Playhouse's President, Graham Upton, will embark on a sponsored 300km bike ride in Sweden on Friday 14 June. Graham talks about the ride, previous cycling exploits and the importance of fundraising for Oxford Playhouse.

Evolve Artists in Residence: Encouraging the Spark of Creativity

Posted on Thursday 16 May 2013 by James Webster

Anna Glynn, Executive Director of Flintlock Theatre, talks about what it's like to be a part of Oxford Playhouse's new Evolve Artists in Residence scheme.


Posted on Wednesday 30 March 2011 by News at Oxford Playhouse



The Big Arts Give 2010

Posted on Monday 15 November 2010 by Jo Osborne

You may have heard that Oxford Playhouse is taking part in The Big Arts Give 2010, a nationwide matched funding challenge for arts organisations...

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